Lunæ, 3 die Novembris, 1673.
Petition for a Fast.
SIR Thomas Clergis reports from the Committee to
which it was referred to prepare and bring in a Petition to be presented to his Majesty, to appoint a General Fast to be observed throughout the Nation, a Petition
agreed by the Committee: Which he read in his Place;
and after delivered the same in at the Clerk's Table:
Which being twice read; and, upon the Question,
agreed, is as followeth; viz.
Most Gracious Sovereign,
WE Your Majesty's most loyal and obedient Subjects,
the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in
Parliament assembled, being passionately sensible of the
calamitous Condition of this Kingdom, not only by reason of the War, wherein it is at present involved, but
many other intestine Differences and Divisions amongst
us, which are chiefly occasioned by the undermining Contrivances of Popish Recusants, whose Numbers and Insolencies are greatly of late increased, and whose restless
Practices threaten a Subversion both of Church and State,
all which our Sins have justly deserved; and, being now
assembled in Parliament, as the great Council of this
Your Kingdom, to consult on such Means as we shall
think fittest to redress the present Evils wherewith we are
surrounded; we do, in the first Place, humbly beseech
Your Majesty, that, by Your especial Command, one or
more Days may be forthwith solemnly set apart, wherein
both Ourselves, and this Your Kingdom, may, by Fasting
and Prayer, seek a Reconciliation at the Hands of Almighty God; and, with humble and penitent Hearts,
beseech Him to heal our Breaches, to remove the Evils
we lie under, and to avert those Miseries wherewith we
are threatened, and continue the Mercies we yet enjoy;
and that He will be graciously pleased to bestow his
abundant Blessing upon Your Majesty, and this present
Parliament, that all our Counsels and Consultations may
tend to his Glory, and the Honour, Safety, and Prosperity, of Your Majesty, and all Your People.
Concurrence of Lords desired.
Resolved, &c. That the Concurrence of the Lords be
desired to the Petition, to be presented to his Majesty,
for appointing a general Fast: And that Sir Thomas
Clergis do go up to the Lords, to desire their Concurrence.
Recovery of Tythes.
A Bill for repairing of Churches, and for the better
Recovery of small Tythes, was read the Second time.
Resolved, &c. That the Bill be committed to Sir
Edward Deering, Sir John Shaw, Sir Charles Wheeler,
Mr. Prideaux, Mr. Sacheverell, Mr. Newport, Mr. Maynard, Sir Thomas Allen, Sir John Cotton, Sir John Mounson, Mr. Ban. Maynard, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Nich.
Morrice, Sir Thom. Littleton, Sir John Talbot, Sir Robert
Dillington, Sir Adam Browne, Sir John Heath, Sir Rich.
Everard, Mr. Henley, Mr. Boscowen, Mr. Morrice, Lord
Scudamore, Sir Edward Masters, Sir John Birkenhead,
Mr. Serjeant Maynard, Sir Edward Masters, Mr.
Crouch, Sir Philip Warwick, Sir John Robinson, Sir John
Knight, Sir Edw. Hungerford, Colonel Birch, Sir John
Frederick, Sir William Doyley, Sir John Lowther, Sir
John Gilby, Sir John Holland, Colonel Strangwaies, Sir
Thom. Lee, Sir Lionell Walden, Sir Nich. Slaning, Sir
Robert Carr, Sir Edw. Hales, Sir Edw. Massey, Sir Jos.
Tredinham, Sir John Shaw, Sir Nich. Carew, Sir Thom.
Meeres, Sir Metcalfe Robinson, Mr. Swinfen: And all
that come are to have Voices: And they are to meet on
Thursday next, at Three of the Clock in the Afternoon,
in the Speaker's Chamber: And to send for Persons,
Papers, and Records.
A Bill being tendered, and read, to prevent stealing
and transporting Children, and other Persons; but the
Manner of it being disliked, the Bill was withdrawn,
upon the Question.
Ordered, That it be referred to Sir John Knight, Mr.
Boscowen, Colonel Birch, Sir Thom. Meeres, Mr. Powle,
Mr. Maynard, Sir Anthony Irby, Mr. Sacheverell, Sir
Thom. Lee, Sir John Shaw, Sir John Birkenhead, or any
Three of them, to bring in a Bill to prevent the stealing
and transporting Children, and other Persons: And they
are to meet on Thursday, at Three of the Clock, in the
Address against a standing Army.
The House then proceeded to the Consideration of the
Grievance of the Nation, by the Standing Army now on
Foot: And the Matter being debated;
Resolved, &c. That the Standing Army is a Grievance.
Resolved, &c. That a Committee be appointed to prepare an Address, to be presented to his Majesty, to shew
how this Standing Army is a Grievance.
And it is referred to Mr. Powle, Sir Thom. Meeres,
Sir Eliab Harvey, Sir Thom. Lee, Sir Nich. Carew, Sir
Robert Thomas, Mr. Whorwood, Sir Will. Coventry, Sir
John Shaw, Sir Hen. Capell, Sir Thom. Clergis, Lord
St. John, Colonel Birch, Sir John Mallett, Colonel
Strangwayes, Sir Charles Wheeler, or any Three of them:
And they are to meet this Afternoon, at Five of the
Clock, in the Speaker's Chamber.
And then the House adjourned till Two of the
Clock in the Afternoon.
A PETITION being tendered on the Behalf of
Will. Levison alias Gower Esquire;
Ordered, That this Petition be read To-morrow
Address against the Duke's Marriage presented.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker do read, and present to
his Majesty, the Address of this House, concerning the
Match of his Royal Highness with the Princess of Modena.
And then Mr. Speaker, with the House, went to
Whitehall, to attend his Majesty.
Mr. Speaker, with the House, returning;
Mr. Speaker reports to the House, That, in pursuance
of their Commands, he had read, and presented to his
Majesty, the Address of the House: And that his Majesty was pleased to declare, That it was a Matter that he
would take into his present Consideration, and return a
And then the House adjourned till To-morrow
Morning, Eight of the Clock.